Warning: SPOILERS for Ant-Man and the Wasp!
Ant-Man and the Wasp leaves behind some big unanswered questions. Set in the days before Avengers: Infinity War (though it syncs up with Thanos' universe-altering finger snap during the mid-credits scene), director Peyton Reed's sequel reunites Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) as they attempt to rescue Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer) from her 30 year exile in the Quantum Realm.
The main story of the film involves Scott trying to make it through the final days of his house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords during Captain America: Civil War. He's recruited by Hank and Hope because he inadvertently knows the coordinates of Janet's location in the Quantum Realm thanks to the brief time he spent lost in that otherworldly dimension in the original Ant-Man. Our heroes are pursued by a mysterious villain called Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), who can phase through objects and seeks Hank's Quantum lab to cure herself of her powers. They also must deal with a nefarious dealer in black market tech named Sonny Birch (Walton Goggins), who wants to profit from Hank's Quantum technology.
A self-contained adventure about the importance of family, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a much smaller scale and is a more straightforward story compared to Avengers: Infinity War. However, the film definitely ties into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, and generates some big questions that it doesn't fully address about what will happen going forward. Since fans can't inject the filmmakers with truth serum, the following unanswered questions are left lingering until (some of) the answers hopefully come in Avengers 4.
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So Many Questions About JANET VAN DYNE
The most pressing questions from Ant-Man and the Wasp revolve around Janet Van Dyne and her time in the Quantum Realm. The original Wasp was lost in the late 1980s when she went subatomic during a mission for S.H.I.E.L.D.; she was presumed dead for 30 years but somehow survived in the Quantum Realm that whole time - yet how exactly is never dealt with in the film. Janet was wearing her Wasp suit when she was lost in the microverse, but when Hank finally finds her, she is somehow wearing a beige hooded shawl and carries some kind of metallic weapon. Where did she find those items in the Quantum Realm? What did she eat and where did she live for decades? Ant-Man and the Wasp glosses over all of those questions (and more) and never provides any explanations.
Somehow the Realm changed Janet and gave her a new set of unspecified abilities: she was able to "place an antenna" in Scott's mind while he was momentarily lost in the microverse to lead her family to her, and later mind-melded with him via "Quantum entanglement". Janet told Hank that the changes she underwent in the other dimension were partly "adaptation" but more about "evolution". Sadly, with Janet fading to dust along with Hank and Hope at the end of the film, fans might have to wait a long time for the answers to how Janet survived and changed in the Quantum Realm.
WHAT IS THE TIME VORTEX?
While the specifics are unclear, time works strangely in the Quantum Realm. The question of how the Avengers might defeat Thanos in Avengers 4 could have been answered with two simple words uttered by Janet in the mid-credits scene: time vortexes. From what little Janet explains about the Quantum Realm and its layout, we learn there is a vast wasteland called the Void and a tardigrade field inhabited by the microscopic creatures, but she also warns Scott to avoid the "time vortexes". Fans may have already glimpsed the effects of the time vortex when Hank was in the Quantum Realm and was nearly driven mad by the experience: he imagined himself back in his home in the 1980s before Janet found him and healed him.
With Scott trapped at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, it's possible that entering a time vortex might be his ticket out of his predicament. It would presumably allow him to exit the Realm by jumping to another point in the past (like how it's been leaked that Ant-Man joins the Battle of New York in the first Avengers film) or in the future to see his daughter Cassie (who has been recast as a 16-year-old in Avengers 4). It's also possible the time vortex is the key to the whereabouts of Captain Marvel.
HOW DO QUANTUM HEALING PARTICLES WORK?
Janet's newfound abilities are tied to the mysterious "healing particles" found in the Quantum Realm. Janet displayed the ability to use the healing particles twice: she cured Hank's madness in the Realm and she was also able to stabilize Ghost's molecules and stop her pain from her constant phasing. However, Janet's abilities seem to only work temporarily; the goal of Team Ant-Man in the mid-credits scene was to send Scott back into the Quantum Realm to collect more healing particles.
How the healing particles actually work and what Scott will do with the canister of the energy he collected before he got trapped in the Quantum Realm is unknown. Could the healing particles be used to revive Vision even without the Mind Stone? Could they somehow bring back someone turned to dust by Thanos' finger snap? Hopefully Avengers 4 will provide some answers.
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- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019